Animation Avantgarde 2International Competition

  • , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 81 min

Using a mini golf course, Max Hattler brings  a whole universe to life, while Rainer Kohlberger’s pulsating pictures challenge the eye. In this program, analog techniques and aesthetics face off against digital – and in doing so, create small cinematic homages and entirely new images. With surreal pictures, Evan Grothjan reveals the empty promises of the “American Dream”, while U. spreads a post-apocalyptic mood. In contrast, Réka Bucsi introduces love to other planets, and Irina Rubina and Elinor Wyser find new ways to groove into the minds of the audience.

In the presence of 
Irina Rubina, Christiane Goppert, Judith Poirier, Adrian Regnier Chávez, Diana Flores Blazquez (U.), Evan Grothjan, Moïa Jobin-Paré, Réka Bucsi, Sebastian Buerkner.

4min15 au révélateur

4min15 in the Developer

CA 2015 No Dialogue 04 min 44 sec Director Moïa Jobin-Paré

Moïa Jobin-Paré quite literally spins out a multi-layered interplay between the outside and the inside world. Taking the view from her window over a rather inhospitable, foggy and cold corner of the city of Québec as her starting point, she conjures up her own artistic alternative world with playfully positioned, luminous spots, lines and threads drawn by a shadowy female figure.

Screenplay Moïa Jobin-Paré Editing Moïa Jobin-Paré Camera Moïa Jobin-Paré Cast Blanche Jobin-Paré Sound Simon Elmaleh Animation Moïa Jobin-Paré

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All Rot

DEGBHK 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 04 min Director Max Hattler

All Rot catapults us directly into the universe: here furious flashes, planet-like and geometrical figures and a buzzing-creaking sound rule the roost. Hattler choreographs images of structures and textures reminiscent of oil-painted canvasses and “cameraless films”, in which film material is altered by various environmental impacts. Divided by a split screen, yet interacting, images and sounds come together to create an exciting synaesthetic experience.

Sound Max Hattler, Matthias Kispert Animation Max Hattler, Christopher MacFarlane, June Chu Wing Yan

All Rot

Not Even Nothing Can Be Free Of Ghosts

DEAT 2015 Vienna premiere No Dialogue 11 min Director Rainer Kohlberger

Kohlberger’s computer genereated audio-visual experiments continue to challenge the viewers’ eye and perception. The light and flicker compositions that he creates are arranged radically and precisely and come together with the sound to create a compelling synergy, which sucks you in. Thus confronted the brain creates images and shapes of a partly swirling, partly clear consistency, whereby one is never absolutely certain whether they actually exist or are mere figments of the imagination.

Not Even Nothing Can Be Free Of Ghosts

U.

MX 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 04 min 40 sec Director Adrián Regnier Chávez

U. is the second part of the project “H.U.I.D.A.S“, meaning “escape”. A view as if from a window of a space station following a disaster: a sheer endless grey expanse opens up before us, where a vast number of things have accumulated, which now drift past: planets, sky scrapers, airplanes or geometric cuboids. A post-apocalyptic science fiction world, in which renitency or life are no longer palpable.

Screenplay Adrián Regnier Chávez Editing Adrián Regnier Chávez Camera Adrián Regnier Chávez Sound Adrián Regnier Chávez Animation Adrián Regnier Chávez

U.

Begone Dull Care 2015

CA 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 03 min 48 sec Director Paul Johnson

With his film Begone Dull Care (1949) to music by the Oscar Peterson trio, renowned Norman McLaren probably created one of the best examples for appreciative visual music. The ironic “remake” by Paul Johnson painstakingly recreates the musical and visual structure of the original, but lets it appear in the stripped-down look and tone of the very first simple computer games. “Abstract Pixel Art”.

Screenplay Paul Johnson Production Paul Johnson Editing Paul Johnson Camera Paul Johnson Sound Paul Johnson Animation Paul Johnson

Begone Dull Care 2015

An Uncountable Noun

CN 2014 Austrian premiere No Dialogue EN 05 min 42 sec Director Cao Shu

The hand drawn animations in three film openings show various camera positions in a surreally mounted world of symbols and contradictions. Dragon head ships drifting through a sky thick with cloud are evocative of China’s rich cultural heritage, while modern day China is represented by the overwhelming and partly crumbling conglomeration of houses, or faceless crowds of people applauding faceless politicians.

Production Cao Shu Editing Cao Shu Sound Shi Zheng Animation Cao Shu, Yang Peilin, Zhu Jiaming

An Uncountable Noun

Tosse not my soule

GB 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 04 min 25 sec Director Sebastian Buerkner

Everyday objects drifting apart, a door, a wash basin, apartment blocks with the same old balconies, then people in the metro or on the bus. Some images stay concrete, others become abstract. Just like the soundtrack, which meanders from clear day-to-day noises, which are minimally changed, to a transcendental sounding song from the 16th century. The figures are caught between the reality and a yearning for something more meaningful or even inspired.

Tosse not my soule

Ruben Leaves

CH 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 05 min Director Frederic Siegel

On his way to work Ruben is obsessed by neurotic compulsive thoughts. Is the door to his apartment locked? Is the gas cooker really turned off? Ever more absurd scenes like flooding and furniture drifting weightlessly through the room plague Ruben’s creative soul and the borders between reality and fantasy become blurred. The simplistic graphic design, which is reduced to a few pastel hues, is particularly impressive.

Screenplay Frederic Siegel Production Gerd Gockell Editing Frederic Siegel Camera Frederic Siegel Sound Kilian Vilim, Thomas Gassmann Animation Frederic Siegel

Ruben Leaves

The Love Story

US 2015 Austrian premiere 05 min 22 sec Director Evan Grothjan

The Love Story is mysterious and fascinating, as well as disturbing and amusing at the same time. Only one thing is clear: something isn’t quite right here. The smooth and dreamy pink 3D animations are increasingly being contrasted by disruptive sounds and texts. Actually these are taken from the “CIA Torture Report” and “Collateral Murder”, a military video of the United States Army. An ideal plastic world that is more illusion than reality. Or: “The American Dream. A crashing people-less love parade. Quite splendid.“

Sound Evan Grothjan Animation Evan Grothjan

The Love Story

LOVE

FRHU 2016 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 14 min 33 sec Director Réka Bucsi

LOVE whisks us off to a strange planet, which is inhabited by weird animals and endearing monsters. A comet that lands on the planet like a flower pot changes everything: in three chapters the creatures unite and dissolve into one other, just to go their separate ways again at the end, not without leaving behind a lasting trail. A humorous play of surrealities, which Bucsi had already staged so wonderfully in Symphony no. 42.

Screenplay Réka Bucsi Production Réka Bucsi

LOVE

saVer

MX 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 07 min 54 sec Director Simon Gerbaud

Layer by layer everyday objects – like a shoe, a chair, a supermarket trolley, a video, a laptop, a fridge – are made to disappear, are transformed in front of our eyes into segments or dust with the use of age-old “film tricks”, which still have the power to astound us. Sometimes the objects also playfully glide through walls, come out transformed or are put back together again, healed. Surreal.

Screenplay Simon Gerbaud Editing Simon Gerbaud Camera Simon Gerbaud Sound Carlos Honc Animation Simon Gerbaud

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Setting West

CAUS 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 05 min 25 sec Director Judith Poirier

For her “abstract western“ Judith Poirier used historic American and Canadian printer presses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to print classic “Cowboy & Indians” images directly onto a 35 mm glass film. This direct method results in particularly eye-catching structures and intensive contrasts – and also an experimental sound, as the soundtrack was also imprinted.

Production Judith Poirier Editing Judith Poirier Sound Judith Poirier Animation Judith Poirier

Setting West

Jazz Orgie

DE 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 01 min 15 sec Director Irina Rubina

When you read names like El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodtschenke, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malewitsch and numerous contemporaries in the “Special Thanks” section of the credits to this dynamic intermezzo, you can already guess as to the content of this jazzy audio-visual treasure: it is a homage to the art of painting and its avant-garde – in particular paying obeisance to the history of visual music.

Production Irina Rubina Animation Irina Rubina

Jazz Orgie

projekt stalk: mülimäs

CH 2015 Austrian premiere No Dialogue 03 min 37 sec Director Elinor Wyser

The source material for this work came from a CCTV camera of a dreary urban launderette: bad quality, odd slanting angle and a rather uncomfortable point of departure. But then the day-to-day sounds uttered by the customers and the rhythmic editing combine to create a sensitive, dance-like and cheerful mesh of movement and sounds, that may take on a life of their own every now and again.

Production Elinor Wyser

projekt stalk: mülimäs